As I Was Going Over London Bridge (The Dead Rat)

DESCRIPTION: "As I was going over London bridge, I met a dead (rat/horse), I one it, you two it, you three it... you eight (ate) it." The one who "ate" it becomes "it" or it "out" Or "There's an old dead horse down in the meadow; I one it... I two it... I eight it."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1972 (Sutton-Smith-NZ-GamesOfNewZealandChilden/FolkgamesOfChildren)
KEYWORDS: playparty food animal
FOUND IN: New Zealand US(MA,MW)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Sutton-Smith-NZ-GamesOfNewZealandChilden/FolkgamesOfChildren, pp. 98-99, "(As I was going over London Bridge)" (1 text)
Byington/Goldstein-TwoPennyBallads, p. 105, "I Ate It" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sackett/Koch-KansasFolklore, p. 121, "(There's an old dead horse in the road)" (1 text)

File: SuSm097A

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2022 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.